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UAW, Ford Reach Tentative Agreement on National Labor Contract to Add 12,000 U.S. Jobs, Significant Investment
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Ford commits to add 12,000 hourly jobs in its U.S. manufacturing facilities by 2015, including in-sourcing from Mexico, China and Japan; this is 5,750 hourly jobs more than the previously announced 7,000 U.S. positions to be added by year-end 2012
Ford pledges to invest $16 billion in the U.S. – including $6.2 billion for U.S. plants – to design, engineer and produce more new and upgraded vehicles and components by 2015
Ford says the agreement is fair to its employees and that it improves the company’s competitiveness in the U.S.
The new jobs and investment commitments in the UAW-Ford tentative agreement are contingent upon ratification of the agreement by the UAW membership


DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 4, 2011 – Ford Motor Company and the United Auto Workers union (UAW) have reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year labor contract covering approximately 41,000 UAW-represented employees in the United States.

The agreement – which is subject to ratification by UAW members – calls for 12,000 hourly jobs to be added in Ford’s U.S. manufacturing facilities through the term of the contract in 2015.

The new jobs commitment includes additional in-sourcing from Mexico, China and Japan, and is nearly double the company’s previous commitment to add jobs in the U.S.

The agreement includes $16 billion in U.S. investments – including $6.2 billion for Ford plants in the U.S. – all to design, engineer and produce more new and upgraded vehicles and components by 2015.

“We are pleased that, by working together with the UAW, we reached a deal that is fair to our employees and that improves Ford’s competitiveness in the U.S.,” said John Fleming, Ford’s executive vice president of Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs. “This agreement allows us to make even more progress on our One Ford plan and our focus on the great products, stronger business and better world that will deliver continued profitable growth for all.”

The UAW will share details of the agreement with its local leaders and members in the coming days as part of the ratification process. Ford will discuss more specifics once the agreement becomes final.


What we know now...

Ford Fusion overflow plant is Flat Rock, Mazda6 moves out in the next few months. Flat Rock will build the next Mustang.

Ford Heavy Trucks (F-650 and 750) are moving from Mexico to Avon Lake, Ohio.

Avon Lake will continue to build E-Series cutaways.

KCAP (The Escape side) will produce the Transit.

Dearborn Truck goes to 3 shifts.

Kansas City (F-150 side) goes to 2 shifts.
 

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Workers will also get a $1,500 annual lump sum in lieu of cost of living increases, and overflow production of the popular Ford Fusion - now built in Mexico - will go to the automaker's plant in Flat Rock, according to sources familiar with the contract's highlights.

From the Detroit News
 

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headline: CD4 for FLAT ROCK

imho it'll be interesting to see when the details become available if it's really The Fusion
or more the MKZ
that takes over the Mazda part of Flat Rock
&
just WHEN CD4 production will start

also
I'm ruminating on a Lincoln sportsedan and coupecabrio joining the Mustang part of the plant

I know it's "antique thinking" but imho it'd sure be nice for Flat Rock to be
a LINCOLN+Mustang FACTORY
 

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For kcap is that transit? Or transit connect?
 

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Re: headline: CD4 for FLAT ROCK

imho it'll be interesting to see when the details become available if it's really The Fusion
or more the MKZ
that takes over the Mazda part of Flat Rock
&
just WHEN CD4 production will start

also
I'm ruminating on a Lincoln sportsedan and coupecabrio joining the Mustang part of the plant

I know it's "antique thinking" but imho it'd sure be nice for Flat Rock to be
a LINCOLN+Mustang FACTORY
You know that is not that far off.. Wixom used to be a Lincoln plant only select Fords were there... GT and last gen Thunderbird
 

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Re: headline: CD4 for FLAT ROCK

I would rather see Flat Rock to produce more RWD cars instead of putting Fusion and MKZ production there. I think the Fusion,MKZ,Edge,MKX need their own plant. They really should think about building a new plant.
 

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Re: headline: CD4 for FLAT ROCK

I would rather see Flat Rock to produce more RWD cars instead of putting Fusion and MKZ production there. I think the Fusion,MKZ,Edge,MKX need their own plant. They really should think about building a new plant.
Remember that Flat Rock is more two plants in one. Fusion on one side of the plant, Mustang on the other. If the entire plant went to RWD, they would have too much volume for RWD. Theres just no demand for that much RWD Ford vehicles at this time.
 

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Re: headline: CD4 for FLAT ROCK

^ agree
esp considering:
I would rather see Flat Rock to produce more RWD cars instead of putting Fusion and MKZ production there. I think the Fusion,MKZ,Edge,MKX need their own plant. They really should think about building a new plant.
I've always heard that FlatRock/AAI couldn't handle (Rwd?) cars bigger than the Mustang
...so the Continental would (will) need to built somewhere else

edit/also
I've seen enough online to question just how compatible the current Edge&MKX would be with a CD car assembly line
(likewise, I've read that the Kuga-Cuvs will be much closer to the Focus platform now)


You know that is not that far off.. Wixom used to be a Lincoln plant only select Fords were there... GT and last gen Thunderbird
believe me, Andrew, I was thinking of Wixom when I wrote that
 

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New Super Duty is mentioned but it follows up with Expedition and Navigator continue (unchanged?)
 

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Flat Rock Is laid out this way. AFAIK

2 body shops, one Ford flex the other Mazda

1 paint Shop

2 chassis lines one RWD ford the other FWD/AWD Mazda.

1 final/trim line.
 

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The Ford plant in St. Louis was torn down a couple years ago. It's turning into an industrial park. The 2 Chrysler plants was torn down early this year. This would make a nice site for a new Ford plant. :toetap:
 
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